Texas recovery could cost $180 bn: Governor

04 September, 2017, 11:47 | Author: Ora Austin
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Harvey is one of the worst storms on record, comparable to 2012's Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the East Coast, including New York City and the surrounding area, and 2005's devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Search teams quickly worked their way down streets, sometimes not even knocking on doors if there were obvious signs that all was well - organized debris piles or full cans of trash on the curb, for instance, or neighbors confirming that the residents had evacuated. He will be in Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey damage.

"Texas is truly grateful for all the help the President and his administration have provided in our time of need", said Governor Abbott.

More than 40 people have died in the storm and its aftermath.

President Donald Trump waves to the press, as he departs St. John's Episcopal Church and Assistant Rector D. Andrew Olivo, (C), with First Lady Melania Trump after they attended services for a national "Day of Prayer", for victims of the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2017.

Energy disruptions pushed up gasoline futures to a two-year high ahead of the holiday weekend, but major refineries started to come back online on Friday. An estimated 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, or more than 10 percent of all structures in the county database, were damaged by flooding, according to the flood control district for the county, which includes Houston.

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Figures from the Texas Department of Public Safety indicated that almost 87,000 homes had major or minor damage and at least 6,800 were destroyed.

A fresh blaze broke out on Saturday at a chemical plant near Houston, sending a giant plume of thick black smoke billowing into the sky. Each vehicle received one case.

Brad Penisson, a captain with the Beaumont fire and rescue department, said on Friday the city was setting up water distribution stations to ensure residents had clean drinking water.

Interstate Highway 45 submerged in Houston.

Republican lawmakers, who control both houses of Congress, have traditionally resisted raising the debt ceiling, but linking the issue to Harvey aid could force their hand with people suffering and large areas of the fourth-largest US city under water.

He chose to focus on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Listen, the population size and the geographic size is far larger than Katrina and, I think, Sandy combined.

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